Katy Carmichael

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Katy Carmichael
Born Katy Carmichael
1971 (age 43–44)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991 - present
Television Coronation Street (2002-2003), Waterloo Road (2009)
Spouse(s) Tristan Sturrock (?-present)
Children 3

Katy Carmichael (born 1971) is an English actress. She has been on stage many times in Liverpool, but is most notably recognised for her role of Lucy Richards/Barlow in the ITV soap Coronation Street, Twist Morgan in the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced and Melissa Ryan in Waterloo Road.


Born and brought up in Liverpool, Merseyside, Carmichael attended Gateacre Community Comprehensive School there. She did her A-levels at Liverpool College, Mossley Hill, Liverpool.[citation needed]

She then did a drama film and television degree, at Bristol University with peers Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, and had a five-year relationship with the then-unknown drama student David Walliams.[1]

After leaving university, Carmichael's first venture into professional entertainment was Judy's Punch, a puppet show "with a twist." Carmichael appeared in a television commercial for Bounce fabric softener in spring 1996 with Mark Moraghan. She has also appeared in a Diet Coke commercial alongside Tamsin Greig in 2001.[2] She later also appeared in an advert for British newspaper Daily Express, as a teacher.

Since then her TV credits include playing DC Jo McMullen in Liverpool 1 and roles in And the Beat Goes On, the Galton and Simpson series with Paul Merton, Wing and a Prayer, Karaoke, and Bread.

She has trodden the boards of the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre and played opposite Steven Berkoff in Storm and Drang and Brighton Beach Scumbag. She has been booed off a pub stage in the ground-breaking double act, The Liz Hurleys, with lifelong friend Jessica Hynes.

Carmichael's most famous role was Twist Morgan in the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, in which she worked with Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes. The sitcom lasted for two series. The three previously also appeared together in the 1995 sketch show Six Pairs of Pants.

In 2001, Carmichael starred in her first film, Dead Babies, based on the novel written by Martin Amis, and was seen in One Foot in the Grave, in the second series of Liverpool 1 and as the female lead in the period fantasy drama The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells.

She landed the role of florist Lucy Richards in Coronation Street in 2002 and was involved in the Peter Barlow bigamy storyline.

2009 saw a rise in Carmichael's acting status, with her starring in series 4 of the hit school drama Waterloo Road as headteacher Rachel Mason's (Eva Pope) sister, Melissa Ryan and a role in Mistresses as the mysterious Elaine Thompson.

Carmichael also had a lead role in Danny Stack's short supernatural thriller Origin (2010), playing a mother desperate to keep her family together when her son falls ill after being bitten by a mysterious creature.[3]

She also appeared as an interviewee in the documentary Walliams and Lucas: New Heroes of Comedy in February 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Carmichael currently lives in Bristol with her partner, actor Tristan Sturrock, and their three children.



  1. ^ Hastings, Chris (21 February 2009). "Tears of a clown: David Walliams speaks of battle with depression and despair". London: The Daily Telegraph. 
  2. ^ "Katy Carmichael - Other Works". www.imdb.com. 
  3. ^ "Origin Film". www.imdb.com. 

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